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Super Bowl Sunday and Singing Our National Anthem

Just a little something I came across tonigt. It’s credited to “A Marine Corps Colonel in Afghanistan”, but you know how that goes as far as letters floating around the internet I don’t know who originally wrote it and so far I’ve had no luck finding where it originated from, but I’d like to shake the person’s hand that did.
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So with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing our National Anthem at a sporting event. Save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten – straight up, no styling.

Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world. Don’t make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification.

Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love – not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician. They could see that from your costume, makeup and your entourage.

Sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you. And please remember, not everything has to be sung as a Spiritual. We’re getting a little weary of that. Francis Scott Key does not need any help.

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10 Things You’ll Want To Know On Monday

Starting today, From My Perspective will be trying out a new feature . Be prepared for Monday morning water cooler chat –
Ten Things You’ll Want To Know On Monday will be a short list ,of current events that are trending this week, in no particular order.
Let me know in the comments if this is something you’d like to see in the future.

WATER COOLER CHAT

1. GEORGE ZIMMERMAN FOUND NOT GUILTY
After 16 hours of deliberation, jury finds that Zimmerman justifiably used deadly force and reasonably believed that such force was “necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm” to himself — Florida’s definition of self-defense. Keep reading on: [FOX]
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2. SNOWDEN REQUESTS ASYLUM IN RUSSIA – RUSSIA SAYS IT HAS NOT RECEIVED ASYLUM APPLICATION
Senior Kremlin officials said Saturday that Russia’s Federal Migration Service had not yet received a formal appeal for asylum from Edward J. Snowden. And the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, insisted that the government had had no contact with him. Keep reading on: [The New York Times]

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3. HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY JANET NAPOLITANO RESIGNS
Janet Napolitano, who has served as the head of the Department of Homeland Security since 2009, announced that she is resigning to become the president of the University of California system. The Obama administration has not announced a replacement. Keep reading on: [USA Today]
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4. AL QAEDA-LINKED MILITANTS KILL SYRIAN REBEL LEADER
The Free Syrian Army has vowed revenge after Al Qaeda linked militants assassinated a top rebel commander opening up the possibility of a conflict between Western-backed rebel forces and Islamists in Syria’s civil war. Keep reading on: [DailyMail]
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5. BOSTON STRANGLER SUSPECT TO BE EXHUMED
The remains of a man who confessed to being the Boston Strangler were exhumed Friday by authorities working to connect him to the January 1964 killing of Mary Sullivan, the last of 11 women believed killed by the serial killer. Keep reading on: [CNN] 
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6. NO SIGN OF EQUIPMENT FAILURE ON ASIANA PLANE: NTSB
There are no signs of failure of the autopilot or other key automatic flight equipment on the Asiana plane that crashed in San Francisco last week, the head of National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. Keep reading on: [Reuters]
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7. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BE DONATED TO SANDY HOOK FAMILIES
Millions of dollars in donations that poured into Newtown, Conn., after the Sandy Hook school shootings, will be distributed to victims’ family members and survivors this summer. Keep reading on: [ABC News]
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8. GLEE STAR CORY MONTEITH FOUND DEAD IN VANCOUVER HOTEL ROOM
Cory Allan Michael Monteith, a Canadian actor best known for playing Finn Hudson on the hit Fox TV show “Glee,” was found dead Saturday in a Vancouver hotel room, he was 31. Keep reading on:[HUFF POST] 
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9. TEXAS STATE SENATE PASSES ABORTION RESTRICTIONS
The Texas Senate voted 19-11 early Saturday to pass sweeping restrictions on abortions, the conclusion of a weeks-long standoff over reproductive rights in the state. Keep reading on:[Washington Post]
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10. TSARNAEV PLEADS NOT GUILTY
In his first public appearance since the Boston Marathon bombing, suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty in a packed federal courtroom Wednesday to a host of charges stemming from the attack that left three dead and hundreds wounded. Keep reading on:[Wall Street Journal] 

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